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Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country. It is also one of the world's poorest countries. Almost half of its population live well below the poverty line and around 5 million Ethiopians cannot produce enough food for themselves.

Ethiopia's poverty-stricken economy is based on agriculture, accounting for 80% of total employment. Farming is often disrupted by conflict and drought. More than a quarter of the population lives on less than a dollar a day.

Among the most destitute communities are nomads in Ethiopia's Somali region. The region is also home to tens of thousands of refugees who entered Ethiopia to escape a ten-year conflict in Somalia. Rains have failed in the Somali region since 2003, and about 85% of the region's people depend entirely on their livestock for survival.

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Official Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Capital: Addis Ababa
Population: 74.7 million (2006)
Population Projection: 2.31% per annum
Languages: Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromigna, Guaragigna, Somali, Arabic
Life Expectancy: years
Infant Mortality: 93.62 out of 1,000 births
Literacy Rate: Male - 42.7% | Female - 35.1%
Gross National Product: US$ 900 per capita

Islamic Relief in Ethiopia

Islamic Relief began operating in Ethiopia when droughts ravaged the country between 2000 and 2002. In January 2004, Islamic Relief officially opened an office in the country. At present, Islamic Relief is operational in the Somali region with a base office in Cherreti town in Afder zone, and an additional operational office in Addis Ababa.

Orphans' Programme

The Orphans Sponsorship Programme began in October 2005 in Ethiopia, and most sponsored orphans live in the capital Addis Ababa and the sub-district Addis Ketema.

In addition to the sponsorship payments, the orphans also benefit from educational support, which includes school bags and uniforms, annual health checkups for each child and recreational activities every year.

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